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Dr. Driver meets with Obama at the White House today

Published March 16, 2015

Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver is one of nearly a dozen leaders of urban school districts headed to the White House this morning to meet with President Barack Obama as part of the Council of the Great City Schools' three-day annual legislative/policy conference in Washington.

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Federal cuts cause increased reliance on charitable food programs

Published March 11, 2015

For many Milwaukeeans, hunger is an unfortunate reality of life. The lingering effects of a sluggish economy, paired with recent cuts to the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - known as FoodShare in Wisconsin -- have caused many to rely on a network of food banks, pantries and hot meal programs that are trying to meet the growing demand while advocating for additional aid, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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MPS approves contract to convert Malcolm X for King Middle School

Published Feb. 27, 2015

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Thursday night approved the construction contract to renovate the vacant Malcolm X site, 2760 N. 1st St., into a new home for Rufus King International Middle School, which currently inhabits a former elementary school.

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Pan-African group helps refugees, immigrants adjust to U.S.

Published Feb. 25, 2015

Wendmy Nida Moyenga entered Washington High School as a sophomore several months after emigrating from Burkina Faso. First hour - an English as Second Language class - went well, but she soon had to plunge in to regular high school classes. Moyenga found the language and cultural differences challenging, but was most upset by the bullying. After that first semester, Moyenga connected with the Pan-African Community Association, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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Board of School Directors President Bonds releases statement on Walker's budget

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds announced Monday that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will consider a resolution by Director Larry Miller calling on Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature to restore adequate funding to public schools in Wisconsin.

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Urban Spelunking: The recently surplussed Wisconsin Avenue School

Published Feb. 17, 2015

With its variegated brick, squared approach and collegiate gothic flourishes, Wisconsin Avenue School, on the corner of 27th and Wisconsin, is what many of us conjure when we think of a school. Closed in 2007, the building has now been declared surplus by MPS and now moves to the Department of City Development for potential sale. We went inside and took a look around.

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Building the streetcar doesn't hurt MPS

Published Feb. 9, 2015

Last week Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, a streetcar opponent and announced candidate for mayor against Barrett in 2016, earned a "Mostly False" from PolitiFact Wisconsin for saying the streetcar would "take precious revenue away" from MPS.

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Community vows to support public schools in face of attacks

Published Feb. 4, 2015

Hundreds of parents, educators, students and community members will gather this Saturday at 9 a.m. at MATC in support of public schools and in opposition to proposed laws that would hand public schools over to private companies to operate.

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Grant funds STEM programs at three Milwaukee schools

Published Feb. 4, 2015

Students at three schools in Milwaukee will soon launch new STEM programs with support from Verizon. Bruce-Guadalupe Community School -- part of the United Community Center, Escuela Verde (part of the TransCenter for Youth) and Washington High School of Information Technology have each been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovative Learning Grant.

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Manilow kicks off instrument drive by donating piano to MPS

Published Feb. 3, 2015

Today, Manilow donated a new Yamaha piano to benefit MPS, kicking off a local instrument drive to support music education. From now through the day of Manilow's show, anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Potawatomi Gate ticket office will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) to the performer's final Milwaukee concert.

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Milwaukee All Stars: MPS teacher and "riot baby" Dan Kartz

Published Feb. 1, 2015

For 18 years, Dan Kartz has taught in the Milwaukee Public Schools and he currently teaches third grade at Cass Street School. Here are a few more deets about Dan and why he is undoubtedly a Milwaukee All Star.

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MPS enrollment fair highlights programs ... but don't neglect the school visit

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Maybe it's just because I love visiting schools, but I always tell prospective parents to go to a school that interests them as a potential option for their children. Sure, read Great Schools' ratings, talk to other parents, Google the school, but if you're going to do one thing only: go to the school. Not sure which school or schools to check out? Then the first step is to visit the MPS All-School Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.